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Publication - Professor Elaine McGirr

    Nell Gwyn's Breasts and Colley Cibber's Shirts:

    Celebrity Actors and their Famous 'Parts'

    Citation

    McGirr, E, 2018, ‘Nell Gwyn's Breasts and Colley Cibber's Shirts: Celebrity Actors and their Famous 'Parts'’. in: Emrys Jones, Victoria Joule (eds) Intimacy and Celebrity in Eighteenth-Century Literary Culture: Public Interiors. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 13-34

    Abstract

    This essay explores the physicality of celebrity. It demonstrates how the act of embodying power – the tangible, physical presence of fame – merges personality and accomplishment: the performative body becomes the accomplishment, simultaneously the expression of and reason for an actor’s celebrity. Public intimacy is mediated through the body and constructed in specifically gendered ways. By focusing on the famous ‘parts’ – both bodily and repertory – of the celebrity actors Nell Gwyn and Colley Cibber, the essay illustrates how the actor’s body provided access to the celebrity’s ‘self’ while simultaneously shaping the celebrity persona.

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